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Iceland Day8 Returned to Raudinupur Cape, and then Borgarfjörður Eystri

I decided to return to Raudinupur Cape just because I wanted to go back there. Raudinupur Cape was the nesting site where I had visited the day before yesterday and where I had first seen the white-rumped boobies. It is 1.5 hours from where we are staying now, which is not far. The idea that it is not far is already a little strange. It takes only 1.5 hours from Tokyo to Tateyama. But it’s not like I say, “It’s close, so let’s go there. What is the difference? I set out without even the slightest thought of such a difference.

Raudinupur Cape continues to make me wonder. It is on a different layer from the world we live in, and it takes for granted the fact that life and death are continuous. I parked the car and made the 2-km trek up the hill, ignoring the terns’ threats. A nesting site appeared, along with a smell. There were white-rumped boobies, sheep, grass, sky, and sea, and the only sounds were those of white-rumped boobies and the sound of waves. I stayed here for a while to take pictures. The cloudy sky gradually cleared up and the color of the sea changed from white to blue.

I found myself sitting in a daze, not even taking a picture. It had been three hours already, and the light was getting stronger. It’s time to move on. Borgarfjörður Eystri is one of the most famous places to see Puffin. While my last visit was to the Nishifjord, this was to the East Fjord, about 3.5 hours from Raudinupur Cape. On the way there, the clouds thicken and small droplets of water started to stick to the windshield, and then the visibility suddenly turned completely white. I was in the fog again. This time it was even thicker than last time, and I can only see a few meters ahead. Anyway, I drove slowly and took time to get through the fog. I will write more about Borgarfjörður Eystri in tomorrow’s Blog.

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